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Unbound

Rating: 4.82 stars   135 reviews 29,573

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1 Elmwood Avenue Kansas City KS 66103 USA

Mission:

Unbound's mission is to walk with the poor and marginalized of the world.

Results:

Sponsored members partner with Unbound to make program and benefit decisions that help meet their basic needs and develop their potential over the course of their time in the program, sometimes 18 years or more. Outcomes vary by location and may include educational attainment, leadership, improved health and nutrition status, dignified housing, skill development and increased income through livelihood opportunities for families. Through Unbound’s sponsorship program, families have more choices in their lives and are empowered over to confront the challenges of poverty and work toward a better life. In a 2013 qualitative evaluation of the Unbound sponsorship and scholarship program in the Philippines, almost all participants had achieved a university degree and many had also completed a graduate level education. Alumni, on average three years out of the program, are now pursuing careers from teaching to nursing and accounting to architectural design. Most are currently employed on a full-time salary basis. Former scholarship students self-identified the most significant outcomes of the program as education, leadership and spiritual/holistic development. Many former scholars are currently supporting their own families and providing both economic and mentoring support for siblings as they pursue their education. In addition, a central theme in the evaluation findings was the significant internal drive toward giving back to their communities. Examples include teaching formation classes for current Unbound sponsored members, preparing supplies for disaster relief, mentoring, and offering computer skills and resources to community youth.

Target demographics:

children, families and the elderly confront the challenges of poverty and work toward a better life

Direct beneficiaries per year:

more than 300,000 children, families and elderly people with needs such as education, food, health care, clothing, housing improvements and skills training.

Geographic areas served:

20 countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean

Programs:

sponsorship of children and the elderly, youth scholarships, disaster assistance, micro-loans, skills training for parents and more.

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1 person found this review helpful

I was always called Uncle by the boy I supported in India. We were together until he graduated from professional school in computer engineering and began working. He can now help his siblings out of poverty. I now have a little girl in Africa and hope her life and her families lives will prosper, with Gods help and what monies I can provide. May God bless this charity.

 
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Unbound is amazing! I've sponsored a little girl in El Salvador for the past 4 1/2 years. I even went on a trip to El Salvador with other Unbound sponsors to meet her and her family. The work that Unbound does to support children and the elderly around the world is truly awe inspiring. Thank God for Unbound!

 
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My last sponsored child was with me from age 9 to age 24. I kept urging him to stay in school and he was able to do so. He recently found employment and I am so touched that I was able to help him, hopefully, step out of poverty. I now have a little girl for a pen-pal and to encourage and help to stay in school. It is wonderful to be able to reach across the world to others through CFCA/UNBOUND.

 
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I sponsor an elderly woman. Her nephew writes to me regularly to tell me how she is doing and I write to her in return. I am grateful to have a way to share my blessings with someone so far away. Unbound makes that possible and keeps me personally involved with my foreign friend.

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2016

 
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I have been involved with Unbound for so many years, I can't recall when it started. I know it was called CFCA at the time. I went on a mission awareness trip (and then a second) to check them out. There are so many scams out there that one worries. I don't have that much money but was willing to share with less fortunate. I was overwhelmed at the level of poverty these children live in and the amazing work of such kind, underpaid staff do. Their caring level is beyond imagining. I read in another review that the person was unhappy that the Christmas and Birthday money was pooled. I saw first hand what happens with this money. I was at a birthday celebrating at an area they run for the children of lepers. They are so abandoned by their society that they are worse off than the other deeply poor. These children mostly didn't have sponsors but all were given the same birthday gift of a metal dish and cup and a piece of cake. That's how poor. Being excited about a metal plate. And a piece of cake. And a loving touch from the few people on the awareness trip. How can one not want to share that birthday money rather than see their "better off" sponsored child get a special something. Every single employee I met along my 2 week stay was loving, kind, and gracious and seriously underpaid. Doing this because of the desperate need of the children. This organization is so needed in this world. We Americans have no idea of poverty. We have food pantries, clean water, no polio or leprosy. I am not a letter writer so I feel guilty that my 2 children, I have had 3 others over the years also, do not get encouraging letters, but I know that they have the basics and their families are being taught "to fish" not just being given "fish to eat". They may not hear from me often but I love my children, worry about them and wish I was a better sponsor.

 
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I have been a sponsor for over 8 years. Initially I took on one young girl in Guatemala. After visiting her thru an awareness trip I came to realize how important well managed Unbound was. Slowly I took on more youth and elders. I had the privilege of meeting my teen girl in India on another awareness trip. I love corresponding with my friends and learn more about their lives. I am impressed that each sponsored person is visited regularly to insure funds are being used correctly. I am also impressed the who,e family benefits from the support. My initial girl has left the program since the family is now better off. She attends school no helped her mom learn to read. I cannot recommend this organization enough. I believe we change one life at. Time through support in Unbound.

 
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I sponsor thru Unbound and have taken 2 awareness trips. First one I went on to see if they really are as good as they say. Actually I found they are better. 90+% of the donation goes to support the sponsored and their family. This group has shown me how to change one life at a time and make a difference thru education, health care and support of the whole family. I highly recommend it.

 
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We have been involved with Unbound for 9 years. We sponsor a teenaged boy and an older lady. I cannot say enough positive things about this organization! We receive regular pictures and letters. They work really hard to keep us in touch with them. It is a privilege to be involved with Unbound.

 
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My husband and I became involved with Unbound when it was CFCA nearly ten years ago when we sponsored two children from Costa Rica. We delighted in the letters and pictures from them and finally were able to meet them during a Mission Awareness Trip to Costa Rica. I must say that visit is one of the highlights of my life. I will never forget the experience. I have been so impressed with the mission of Unbound and the high percentage of contributions that actually make it to the children. I later decided to sponsor another child, this time one from the Philippines.

I have also supported Unbound by being a sponsor advocate and bringing the message to local parishes. I even offered to help during a visit to Branson while on vacation.

The two children I originally supported are now approaching adulthood and I will continue to support them as long as they continue their education.

I highly recommend this non-profit organization for anyone wanting to reach out and help a child.

 
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My WIfe Marlene and I have been sponsors with Unbound for 4 years now. We have been Blessed by God in so many ways. We have a house, 2 cars that run, food in our refrigerator and plenty of fresh drinking water, money in our pockets and in the bank, 9 grandchildren, we have our health, and most importantly we have our Faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus.

In the past history of the Bible they talked about tithing which is giving 10 percent of the first fruits of the field and flock. No where in the New testament does it still refer to this 10 percent of giving but Marlene and I want to give even more back to God by sharing the abundance with his less advantaged children and not only the physical gifts but that of our Spiritual gifts through our actions and prayer.

God has given us many many gifts and we will share these gifts with others because we don't need them all just for ourselves. We may not have millions of dollars but will share what extra we have with others. Erma Bombeck once said; When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single but of talent left, and could say to God, I used everything you gave me. Thats the motto of the Clark family.

Unbound has given us the opportunity to help others that are not in our neighborhood or even our own country. There are people all over the world who need the help of those that God has given more and we intend on doing just that.

Unbound has allowed us to sponsor a child in Uganda. We write letters and send photos and receive letters and photos. We even get our 9 grandchildren involved in writing too. Its a Clark family effort all 17 of us.

Life is like a test. God gives us many gifts and watches what we do with them. Do we keep them all to ourselves or do we share as Jesus taught us.

God Bless Unbound for their efforts in allowing us to share our gifts with others.


Bob & Marlene Clark and Family , All 17 of us.

 
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Unbound is very transparent and forthcoming with information regarding how your contributions are spent. People giving lower ratings because the organization has taken its Christian roots out of it's name are being silly. The Christian foundation is still there but you don't have to be Christian to help and I think the rebranded name, Unbound, is very fitting. I scrutinized Unbound before sponsoring to see if I could find any negatives. I couldn't find any and now sponsor four friends. We also contribute to Unbound through Amazon Smile because every little bit helps.

 
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